Obituaries

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Today's Death Notices

Melinda (mindy) Natoli

Carol R. Miller

Seymore Charles Shaver

James M. Brancato

Norman “mike” Stensland

Last Week's Obituaries

Daniel C. Ellis

Published on: Friday, January 13, 2017

DANIEL C. ELLIS

Daniel C. Ellis, 67, passed away on November 29, 2016 after a long illness. A resident of southern California for over thirty years, Dan was a graduate of Norwich High School and the son of Don and Minnie Ellis of Norwich. He attended Herkimer County Community College and Oneonta State University, and served in the Air Force in Texas and California. Dan owned and operated his own computer sales and consultation business for many years, and worked for a time in the radio and film industries. He was an avid reader, an accomplished photographer, an amateur pilot, and a classic car enthusiast and collector. He is survived by his sister, Cynthia Ellis Killian (John). A memorial service is planned for 11AM on Wednesday, January 18th at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, E. Main St., Norwich. Donations in Dan’s name are gratefully suggested for the benefit of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, or for the public library of your choice.

Arrangements are with the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home.


Irene H. Izard

Published on: Friday, January 13, 2017

IRENE HOTALING IZARD

EARLVILLE – Irene H. Izard, 81, of Earlville, passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Chase Health Rehabilitation and Residential Care in New Berlin.

She was born on October 9, 1935 in Columbus, NY, a daughter of the late Clifford and Grace Balcom Hotaling and was a graduate of Sherburne High School in 1954. On May 17, 1958, Irene was united in marriage to Glenn Izard in Columbus. He predeceased her on December 24, 2000. Irene had worked for the Sherburne-Earlville Central School from 1990 until her retirement. She had previously worked for the Chenango National Bank. She enjoyed traveling, garage sales, and Draft Horse Assoc. functions. Her special joy was spending time with her grandchildren.

Mrs. Izard was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Earlville.

Surviving are her daughter, Karen Izard of Earlville; son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Patty Izard of Oxford; grandchildren, Jeremy and Serenity McCracken of Earlville; Bryan and Whitney McCracken of Norwich; Nicole McCracken and Andy Stone of Denver, CO; Caden Izard of Sherburne; great-grandchildren, Parker, Brendan, Lena and Everett; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Ruth and Richard Horton of New Berlin; Marion Meyers of Sherburne; and Anna Senn of New Berlin; a brother, Lester Hotaling of MA; several nieces, nephews and in-laws. She was predeceased by her brothers, Edward and Clifford “Butch” Hotaling; sisters-in-law, Jane and Arlene Hotaling; brothers-in-law, Robert Senn and James Meyers.

Funeral services will be held at 12PM Saturday, January 14, 2017 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

Spring interment will be in the North Norwich Cemetery.

Friends are invited to call at the funeral home on Saturday from 11am to 12PM.

Contributions in her memory may be made to Chase Health Rehabilitation and Residential Care, 1 Terrace Heights, New Berlin, NY 13411.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomescom.


Harold A. Brunschmid

Published on: Friday, January 13, 2017

HAROLD A. BRUNSCHMID

SHERBURNE – Harold A. Brunschmid, 86, of Farley Rd., passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the Norwich Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

He was born November 27, 1930 in Sherburne, a son of William A. and Mary Latz Brunschmid and received his education at Sherburne Central School. On September 25, 1948, Harold married Guileen Cunningham at St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne. Harold worked on the family farm and then became a machinist for Jim Pounds. He later worked at Unison in Norwich for 12 years as a certified government welder until retiring. He enjoyed snowmobiling, hunting, and tinkering with small engines. He also enjoyed the company of his two best four-legged friends, Lydia and Archie.

Harold was a communicant of St. Malachy’s Church in Sherburne.

He is survived by his wife of over 68 years, Guileen; a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Debbie Brunschmid of Sherburne; daughter, Tricia Walls of Sherburne; brother and sister-in-law, James and Yoshiko Brunschmid of Oregon; sisters-in-law, Corky Cunningham of Washington, and Lois Brunschmid of Pittsfield; his grandchildren, Debra and John Brady, Sean and Melissa Brigham, Jackie Brunschmid and Dan Horton, Robert Brunschmid, Miranda Walls and Tristan Walls; great-grandchildren, Megan, Kayla, Hannah, Lilie and Colin. He was predeceased by a sister, Mary Crandall, two brothers, Charles and William Brunschmid; brothers-in-law, William Cunningham and Lyle Crandall; and a sister-in-law, Priscilla Brunschmid Webb.

In keeping with his wishes, there are no services or calling hours.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimers Association or the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Harold Berman

Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017

HAROLD BERMAN

Harold Berman, formerly of Norwich, NY, died peacefully on Thursday, January 12, 2017, with family members at his side. He was 93.

Harold is survived by his two daughters, Lucy Berman-Edelman, of Milwaukee, WI, and Dr. Mary Jane Berman, of Oxford, OH; his two sons-in-law, Dr. Eric Edelman, also of Milwaukee, and Dr. Perry Gnivecki, also of Oxford; and his three grandchildren, Adam Edelman, of Queens, NY, Emma Edelman Levine, of Chicago, IL, and Alana Berman Gnivecki, of Boston, MA.

In death, he joins his late wife Ethel Berman, who passed away in August 2015.

Harold, who died of natural causes following a brief struggle with heart and kidney failure, moved with Ethel to Milwaukee in 2011 to be closer to their family.

His 55 years in Norwich, as well as his childhood and years as a young adult in New York City, however, reveal a life full of happiness, wonder, success, and adventure.

Harold Berman was born January 30, 1923, in Manhattan, NY, to parents Max and Sarah. He grew up in a modest apartment in the South Bronx neighborhood, not far from Yankee Stadium, and excelled in his studies, particularly in the areas of math and science, graduating from Stuyvesant High School and enrolling in the City College of New York. His education was interrupted by World War II, which prompted him to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps in 1943.

Harold spent two years in the Corps, undergoing extensive training to be a military meteorologist at bases in Arizona and Florida. The war ended before he completed the training and Harold received an honorable discharge in 1945. He quickly returned to New York to resume his studies at CCNY and, fatefully, meet his beloved. Harold met Ethel at the school’s Harlem campus after he returned and the pair fell into a whirlwind romance. In short order, Harold graduated from CCNY cum laude in spring 1947, became engaged to Ethel shortly thereafter, and wedded her in December of that year.

And in the midst of it all, Harold, ever on a mission, enrolled, in autumn of the same year, in a graduate program in chemistry at the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, building on his already encyclopedic knowledge base. Harold moved to the Midwest on his own, after proposing to Ethel but before his marriage to her, as his wife-to-be completed her own college education at CCNY. But the newlyweds soon reunited in the Land of Lincoln, living together as Harold completed his Master of Science degree in Chemistry.

Their return to New York City was followed by a flurry of good events: The birth of their two daughters and a lucrative job offer from the Norwich Pharmacal Company, the creator of Pepto-Bismol. The offer propelled the young family to move into, what was for them, uncharted territory: Upstate New York. Taking off for Norwich -- then, as now, a town of fewer than 10,000 residents -- was a gamble for a young Jewish family of Eastern-European descent. But Harold, always fearless, and in search of an opportunity that would give his young family the space and means to thrive unencumbered by the chaos of New York City, embraced the challenge. Indeed, Harold, as well as Ethel, flourished in their new environment, taking up horticulture as a serious pursuit and becoming valuable members of the community via his workplace and the Norwich Jewish Center.

His decades at Norwich Pharmacal also brought him great professional successes as a chemist: He was an integral part of teams that patented multiple ground-breaking drugs and drug elements. In 1988, Harold retired from the company, opening up his time and life for a breadth of new experiences and adventures he would dedicate himself to until the end.

Foremost among those passions were his three grandchildren: Adam, born in 1984; Emma, born in 1987; and Alana, born in 1989. Summers in Norwich would see the close cousins visit Harold and Ethel for weeks-long visits at their Sunset Drive house, which the gleeful couple would rename “Camp Berman.” Harold, meanwhile continued his pursuit of gardening, mining his enormous backyard plot with the love and devotion he also provided his family. And the results were similarly fruitful. Throughout those decades in Norwich, Harold grew corn, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, zucchinis and other squashes, spinach and cucumbers. Even years later, after his relocation to a Milwaukee apartment, he would continue harvesting tomatoes in potted plants on his balcony.

Harold and Ethel also made travel a priority, using their means to see the world. The couple’s appetite for adventure was fierce. They rented a recreational vehicle on several occasions for cross-country road trips to a bevy of U.S. National Parks, and set off on more than a dozen trips across the globe, including treks to Australia, Kenya, China, Brazil, and Israel. In all, the dedicated duo set foot in every continent except Antarctica. They also made it a goal to bequeath their passion for globetrotting to their grandchildren, taking Adam on a weeks-long trip to Alaska in 1994 and Emma and Alana to Texas years later.

But Harold made good use of activities available to him right at home in central New York, too, seeing operas and shows in Binghamton and New York City, and even participating in a local theatre troupe.

And, contrary to most people’s experiences, age only brought Harold more sharpness. He routinely made use of his wide-ranging knowledge, bringing smarts, wit, and random factoids to conversations with friends and family with good cheer.

But by 2011, Ethel had grown frail, and the couple moved to Wisconsin to be closer to their daughters. Doing so, however, allowed them to joyfully partake in the Milwaukee wedding of Emma to Ethan Levine in 2012. And despite physical obstacles, the devoted duo made the most of their adventure in the Midwest, attending lectures and classes and taking up a rooting interest in the Green Bay Packers professional football team.

As Ethel descended into poor health, Harold cared for her tenderly until she passed away in 2015 after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Devastated, but still committed to his loving family, Harold nonetheless was able to participate in the New York wedding of his grandson Adam to Jessica Lanoil in December 2015.

Despite his own failing health, Harold remained invested and informed in the lives of his three grandchildren and their partners, peppering them with questions and advice and availing himself as a source of wisdom until his last breath.

A funeral service for Harold will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Norwich Jewish Center, 72 South Broad Street, Norwich, NY. Burial will immediately follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery, in Norwich.

Contributions in Harold’s memory made be made to the Jewish Home & Care Center, 1414 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202, the Anti-Defamation League, 605 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10158, or the American Chemical Society Scholars Program, 1155 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilson Funeral Home. To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


Judith A. Brooker

Published on: Monday, January 16, 2017

JUDITH A. BROOKER

Judith A. Brooker, 66, of Norwich, passed away early Saturday morning, January 14, 2017, at the Residential Health Care Facility of Chenango Memoria Hospital.

Judy was born on March 14, 1950 in Norwich the daughter of Kenneth and Ava (Yeomans) Brooker. She spent her early years in Norwich and attended the Norwich schools. Over the years she has made her home in Rome, Richfield Springs and Downsville but for the past several years has made her home here in Norwich. While living in Richfield Springs she worked for a brief period of time for the local ARC.

Judy was a very happy and knowledgeable individual. She did not dislike anyone and always found the good in anyone she knew. She had the keen knack of remembering everyone’s birthday’s and enjoyed celebrating birthdays and the holidays.

Above all else Judy just loved being around family and friends.

Judy is survived by her siblings; Kenneth Brooker Jr. and wife Gladys of New Paltz, NY, Ronald Brooker and wife Emily of Sherburne, Jay Brooker, Shirley Whaley, and Shelvy Schraft and husband Ernest all of Norwich. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A PRIVATE funeral service for Judy will be held at the convenience of the family from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. Interment will be a t a later date in the Mt. Hope Cemetery.

There will be no calling hours.


Roger M. Bice

Published on: Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Roger M. Bice, born October 15, 1930, passed away on January 14, 2017 with his wife Thelma, his son John and members of his family by his side.

Roger was born at home in Brookfield, to Mable & Melvin Bice. After attending Brookfield School and serving his country in the Army, he met his wife Thelma Cronk of South Edmeston at his parent’s home. They were married on January 9, 1954 and recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary.

He loved the land, the road, and being a family man. For many years, he owned and operated a family dairy farm and with his son John, ran “Bice Trucking”. He drove many a team of draft horses, and could be seen at horse and tractor pulls throughout the state. Family Sunday drives in the country with a stop for ice cream will always be especially remembered.

Roger is survived by sisters; June Morey & Nancy (Richard) Button, brother; Raymond(Judy) Bice, son; John (Kim) Bice, 3 grandchildren; Kathy (Fred) Sellards, Reuben(Loretta) Bice & Codie (Mike) Smith, great grandchildren; Brandon Wallach, Scott Brill, Bryton Bice, Ethan Smith & Emma Smith and special life-long friends; Bonnie & John Jones.

He was predeceased by his son David Bice in 1993, his parents Melvin & Mable and brother, Ronald Bice.

Thanks are extended to the staff of Chase Nursing Home for their dedication and care.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Pittsfield Fire House. The service will be followed by a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pittsfield Fire Department.

Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home LP, New Berlin, NY.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.dakinfuneralhome.com.


Joann C. Mclaren

Published on: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

JOANN C. McLAREN

NORWICH – Joann C. McLaren, 74, of State St., passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

She was born July 31, 1942 in Passaic, NJ, a daughter of Ralph and Jenny DeVries Jackson.

She received her education in Passaic and Lamita, CA schools. On March 23, 1963, Joann married Gordon E. McLaren, Jr. He died on August 22, 2016. Joann was a wonderful loving mother who raised her children on her own. She was a hard worker and enjoyed crocheting for her family and entertaining. She loved being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Tammy and Marty Logsdon of Norwich; Zina Aredondo of Mesa, AZ; Tina McLaren of Norwich; Gordon E. McLaren, III of Carlstadt, NJ; sisters and brothers-in-law, Shirley and Frank Tauarigo of Italy; Ellen and Vincent Cuisso of Pompton Lakes, NJ; Denise and Daniel Garcia of Simi Valley, CA; sisters-in-law, Eileen Zak of Mays Landing, NJ; Debbi Tornaritis of East Stroudsburg, PA; and Joann Gatto of Lodi, NJ; grandchildren, Crystal Schader of Plymouth; Martin Logsdon, Jr. of Norwich, Elxis and Ava McLaren of Carlstadt, NJ; great-grandchildren, Michelle, Denoleigh and Martin, III; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ralph and Kenneth Jackson.

Memorial services will be held at 1pm Thursday, January 19, 2017 from the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne.

There are no calling hours.

Interment is private at the convenience of her family.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Donald B. Race

Published on: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DONALD B. RACE

Donald B. Race of Oxford, N.Y. Donald B.. Race, 94, passed away on January 15, 2017 at his home in Oxford. He was born November 15, 1922 in Oxford the son of the late Charles and Edith (Burlison) Race. Donald served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy France in July 1944 as part of the D-Day Invasion. He received the Good Conduct, WWII Victory, and several Battle Star medals. Donald returned to Oxford on December 13, 1945. He was a long time member of the American Legion, Oxford Rotary and Lions Clubs and St. Paul’s Church. He also liked to bowl and play cards with his brothers and friends.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Race, just celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this past December 19th; his son Gregory, daughter Christine and her husband Art Holzinger; Dan and his wife Gail; Brian and his wife Sayda. There are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Donald was the last surviving brother of five. His brothers Lawrence, Paul, Kenneth and Harold all predeceased him.

Calling hours are between 4 to 6 PM on Thursday January 19, 2017 at the Behe Funeral Home, Inc. at 21 Main Street in Oxford, NY. The funeral will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Friday morning at 11:00 AM at 34 Main Street. This will be followed by a burial ceremony at Riverview Cemetery in Oxford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of Behe Funeral Home, Oxford, N.Y. Published in the Norwich Evening Sun on Jan. 18 and Oxford Review Times. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Thomas E. Palmer

Published on: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thomas E. Palmer, 68, of Norwich, passed away on January 16, 2017. He was born on August 12, 1948 to Charles W. Palmer and the late Lillian “Towhie” Palmer. He was also predeceased by his granddaughter, Ashley. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Shirley Palmer; his father, Charles W. Palmer; his daughter, Shannon Palmer and Bob Johnson; his son, Shawn and Suzanne Palmer; his grandsons, Drew Nelson, Dakota Nelson, Bryan Palmer, and Matthew Palmer; as well as several other family members, and hunting, fishing and beer buddies. Thomas was a deputy for the Chenango County Sheriff’s Department and also assisted the Oxford and Norwich police departments. He also worked locally as a feed salesman and a programmer and spent the last few years as a dog control officer for the town of Oxford. Tom was also an avid hobby farmer, raising Herefords and horses and his beloved Romeo. He enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing, hunting and skeet shooting. A memorial service for Thomas will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, January 20, at Faith Bible Church, 45 Butler St. Oxford, with Pastor Norman Holtz officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to R.J. Fahy Funeral Home, 116 N. Broad St. Norwich.


Brenda (benjamin) Breed

Published on: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Brenda (Benjamin) Breed, 53, of Cincinnatus, peacefully entered Heaven at 2:33 am on Monday, January 16th at home surrounded by close loved ones. She was born April 12th, 1963 in Cortland, NY, to Walter Lewis Benjamin and Suzie (Benjamin) Brown. She married her high school sweetheart Douglas James Breed on July 19th, 2003. Surviving her are her husband Doulas Breed, daughter Lorie (Darnell) Bethel, son Jamie Breed, sisters Teresa Swayze, Debbie (Robert) Terry, brother Roger (Koreen) Benjamin, step sisters Connie (Larry) McFarland, Linda (Mick) Eccleston, Chris (Mike) Aiken, Jan (Rich) Sloane, and step brother Brian (Debbie) Houck. Also surviving her are her grandchildren Daryen and Navaria Bethel and many extended family and friends. She touched the lives of all that knew her and her smile always brightened any room. Her positive outlook on life was contagious and she will be greatly missed by many.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held at the Willet Fire Station in Willet, NY, Saturday January 21st at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The American Cancer Society at 13 Beech St, Johnson City, NY 13790.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, Broome Oncology in Johnson City, and Family Health Network of Cincinnatus for all services and care offered.

They would also like to thank Kevin L. Sharp for his assistance with arrangements. To leave a personal message for the family please go to www.klsharpfuneralhome.com.


Donald B. Race

Published on: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Donald B. Race of Oxford, N.Y. Donald B.. Race, 94, passed away on January 15, 2017 at his home in Oxford. He was born November 15, 1922 in Oxford the son of the late Charles and Edith (Burlison) Race. Donald served his country in the United States Army during WWII. He landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy France in July 1944 as part of the D-Day Invasion. He received the Good Conduct, WWII Victory, and several Battle Star medals. Donald returned to Oxford on December 13, 1945. He was a long time member of the American Legion, Oxford Rotary and Lions Clubs and St. Paul’s Church. He also liked to bowl and play cards with his brothers and friends.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy Race, just celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary this past December 19th; his son Gregory, daughter Christine and her husband Art Holzinger; Dan and his wife Gail; Brian and his wife Sayda. There are many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Donald was the last surviving brother of five. His brothers Lawrence, Paul, Kenneth and Harold all predeceased him.

Calling hours are between 4 to 6 PM on Thursday January 19, 2017 at the Behe Funeral Home, Inc. at 21 Main Street in Oxford, NY. The funeral will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Friday morning at 11:00 AM at 34 Main Street. This will be followed by a burial ceremony at Riverview Cemetery in Oxford.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, NY. Arrangements are under the direction of Behe Funeral Home, Oxford, N.Y. Published in the Norwich Evening Sun on Jan. 18 and Oxford Review Times. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Michael J. Behr Jr.

Published on: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Michael J. Behr Jr. 30, of Oxford passed away unexpectedly in his home on January 17, 2017. Michael was born in Goshen, NY son of Michael J. Behr Sr. and Donna (Finch) Behr.

Michael is survived by his loving parents as well as his three sisters, Chelsey Behr and Jeffery Tracey, Crystal Behr and Joseph Tracy, and Rebecca Behr, and his nieces and nephews Maddison Behr, Owen Behr and Joseph Tracy Jr. Mike is also survived by his grandmother Jeanne Behr, and his Grandmother and Grandfather William and Michele Finch. Also surviving mike are his closest friends Josh Neer, Shawn Dewey, and Tim Cunnius.

Michael was a member the Hi-Skor Lanes, men’s bowling league. He loved to go snowmobiling and four-wheeling, spending time with his nieces and nephews and giving them rides on the snowmobile and four-wheelers. He loved partying with his friends and simply having a good time. He enjoyed canoe trips down the river, camping and fishing. Mike had a “green thumb” and an amazing way with plants. He loved his friends and family including his dog “Bud”. Mike will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Funeral services have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Friends and family may call at the funeral home on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 4:00 PM- 6:00 PM. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM at St. Joseph’s RCC in Oxford, NY, with Father Gerard Lupa officiating. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Michele Gunderson

Published on: Thursday, January 19, 2017

Michele Gunderson, of South Otselic, passed away on Tuesday, January 17, 2017, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. She was 58 years old.

Born June 22, 1958, in Brooklyn, NY, Michele was the daughter of Michael and Maryanne (Knapp) Sanchez, each of whom preceded Michele in death. On May 4, 1980, in Valley Stream, Long Island, Michele married the love of her life, William “Bill” Gunderson, who survives. Having spent time vacationing in Upstate New York in their early married life, Michele and Bill relocated to Pitcher in 1999, and most recently relocated to South Otselic.

For twelve years, Michele worked as a Senior Account Clerk in the administrative offices of DCMO BOCES in Norwich. She formed strong and meaningful relationships with the people she worked with, which lasted long after she stopped working there.

Michele loved her family fiercely, and also lived her life fully and passionately. She was a skilled gardener, and enjoyed tooling around on her four-wheeler. She was often found listening to her favorite 1970’s music, and was an active hunter. Having survived both ovarian and skin cancer, Michele annually participated in the Relay for Life event at the Chenango County Fairgrounds with the DCMO BOCES team.

In addition to her loving husband, Michele is survived by her children Lauren Gunderson, Nicole (Andres) Sanchez, and William (Melesa) Gunderson II; granddaughter Riley Gunderson; and siblings Renee (Bob) Levy, her twin Michael (Jane) Sanchez, Adriane (Michael) Herbert, Kathy (Joe) D’Arpa, and Jannine Sanchez. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and several sisters and brothers-in-law, each of whom she loved dearly. Also left in Bill’s care are her chocolate lab, Hannah, and black cat, Stealth.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Michele will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the Church of St. Bartholomew, where the Rev. Ralph A. Bove, pastor, will officiate. Friends are invited to call at the Wilson Funeral Home, Norwich, NY, on Friday from 5: 00 - 8:00 p.m. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Paul’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Michele may be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech Street, Johnson City, NY 13790 or the Danielle House, 160 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905.

To leave the family a message of condolence, please visit the funeral home website at: www.wilsonfh.com.


Melinda (mindy) Natoli

Published on: Friday, January 20, 2017

MELINDA (MINDY) NATOLI

Melinda (Mindy) Natoli, of Oxford & Norwich NY, passed away on January 18, 2017 at Wilson Hospital, Johnson City, NY

Mindy is survived by her husband, Trevor Natoli, special baby, pup, Mia Jane Natoli, her mother, Joanne (Roe) Ives & Marty Sayles of East Pharsalia, her father, Harold & Patty Ives of Guilford. Brothers, Michael (Holly) & Richard (Destiny) Ives of Oxford, her maternal grandparents, Joan & Richard Roe of Bloomingburg, her paternal grandmother, Phyllis Ives of Guilford, Trevor’s parents, John & Kim Natoli of Norwich, brother in law, Ryan (Kobie) Natoli of Syracuse, sister in law, Kelsey Natoli of Norwich, special nephews Aiden & Gavin along with Tucker, Jace & Rhys. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Arthur Ives of Oxford.

Mindy attended Oxford Academy in her home town of Oxford graduating with honors in 2005. She then attended St. Joseph’s College of Nursing receiving her ADN and RN in 2007. Mindy continued on at SUNY Delhi earning her BSN & graduating cum laude in 2010. She was an RN at Wilson Hospital for 8 years with her North Tower 4 family. She then worked as Discharge Planner/Case Manager at Chenango Memorial Hospital gaining another wonderful family.

On June 28, 2014, Mindy married her soul-mate & rock, Trevor Natoli. Mindy was an active member of the United Church of Oxford, serving on the consistory & participating in the bell choir. Mindy’s passion in life was to help others. She touched countless lives doing what was important to her. Mindy followed in her father’s footsteps with the Oxford Fire Dept., first as an Explorer, continuing as an extremely active Firefighter/EMT, then as Third Assistant Chief in Charge of EMS. She also volunteered with St. Baldrick’s. If there was someone in need, Mindy was there to help any way she could. Everything Mindy did was with compassion, love & a beautiful smile.

Calling hours will be at Behe Funeral Home, Oxford NY on Sunday, January 22nd from 2PM to 5PM. Her firefighter family will have a service at 1:45PM prior to calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Monday, January 23rd, 11AM, at the United Church of Oxford, 25 Main St., Oxford NY. At Mindy’s request, donations in Lieu of Flowers be made to the United Church of Oxford, PO Box 566, Oxford, NY or the Oxford Fire Department Emergency Squad, PO Box 172, Oxford, NY. Friends and Family may share their condolences and memories by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


Carol R. Miller

Published on: Friday, January 20, 2017

CAROL R. MILLER

Carol R. Miller, formerly of Norwich, N. Y. passed away January 14th. at the age of 91 in Littleton, Colorado, in her daughter’s home. Carol passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Carol was born on February 16, 1925 at Chenango Memorial Hospital, daughter of Edward O. and Linnea Hildur Erickson.

Carol was predeceased by her husband of 67 years, David A. Miller. Dave and Carol were high school sweethearts and their years together were filled with love and family.

Carol graduated from Norwich High School in 1943. Upon graduation she worked at the Evening Sun as a proofreader, which she enjoyed. Most of Carol’s life, however, was spent as a devoted mother, grandmother and homemaker.

Carol was active in the Norwich community and served as a volunteer at the Chenango County Historical Society, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, working with the disabled, and was instrumental in the startup and success of the Penguin Peak Ski Area. Carol was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norwich. She donated many gallons of blood during Red Cross blood drives.

Carol loved nature and the outdoors. She hiked, camped, skied and liked identifying plants. She also enjoyed looking for fossils and minerals. She was an avid reader, loved crossword puzzles and was a Scrabble master. She and Dave hand built a log cabin in Chenango County at which many happy events were held. Carol and Dave loved travel, and made many road trips to the west.

Her husband Dave and her entire family cherished Carol. She was a sweet and kind mother and friend. Carol is survived by her six children, 19 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Carol’s children loved her very much. She is survived by

Eric and Lane Miller of Berthoud, Colorado; Connie and Mike Kane of Durango, Colorado; Judith and Tim Smith of Littleton, Colorado; Nancy and David Frey of Philippi, West Virginia; Shirley and Mark Fazio of Norwich, NY; Karen Miller and George Gallegos of Parker, Colorado.

Carol was lovingly cared for by her children in their homes for the last four years. A private service will be held at a later date, at the convenience of the family. Donations in her memory may be made to the First Baptist Church, 10 West Park Place, Norwich, or the Norwich YMCA.

Arrangements are by Drinkwine Mortuary, Littleton, Colorado. To view additional photos and offer condolences, please visit http://www.drinkwinemortuary.com/


Seymore Charles Shaver

Published on: Friday, January 20, 2017

SEYMORE CHARLES SHAVER

Seymore Charles Shaver, 80 of East Pharsalia, NY passed away on January 18, 2017. Seymore was born on April 4, 1936 in Middle Town, NY, son of the late Charles and Thelma Shaver. He is predeceased by his two sisters Thelma Denny, and Margaret Simonds. He is also predeceased by his loving companion Tanus Wagner.

Seymore is survived by his sons, Duane (Butch) and Leslie Shaver, and Seymore (Charlie) Shaver. He is also survived by his daughters Vickey Hand, Trudy and Gregg Huggins, and Jodi and Benjamin Pierson. In addition, Seymore is survived by his brother Alfred and Sandy Shaver and his sister Betty and Robert Johnson. Also surviving are 15 loving grandchildren and 14 loving great-grandchildren.

Seymore was an avid New York Mets fan. He enjoyed watching baseball games and spending time with his family. He loved playing pool and fishing. Seymore also loved to “tinker” and always made sure things were done his way. He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

Funeral Services have been entrusted to Behe Funeral Home Inc. 21 Main Street, Oxford, NY 13830. Friends and family may call at the Funeral Home on Monday, January 23, 2016 from 4:00 PM- 5:00PM. Funeral Service for Seymore will begin at 5:00PM with Rev. Richard Howard officiating. Friends and family may share their memories and condolences by visiting www.behefuneralhome.com.


James M. Brancato

Published on: Friday, January 20, 2017

JAMES M. BRANCATO

SHERBURNE – James M. Brancato, 70, of North Main St., passed away Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the Norwich Rehab and Nursing Center.

He was born January 27, 1946 in Norwich, a son of the late James M. and Rose Pepe Brancato. He received his early education in Sherburne schools and was a graduate of Norwich High School. Affectionately known as “Muskie”, James worked at Lewis’ Restaurant in Sherburne until retiring. He was an avid sports fan and a history buff. He was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving are three sisters and a brother-in-law, Maria E. Galton of Canastota; Gail Huhtala of Norwich; Kathleen and Gary Welch of Hamilton; a sister-in-law, Helen Brancato of Norwich; many nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Alicia Gelsomin. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Brancato.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in the spring at a later date and time to be announced.

Interment will be in St. Malachy’s Cemetery, Sherburne.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 10 S. Main St., Sherburne, NY.

To send a condolence and sign the Book of Memories online go to www.burgessandtedescofuneralhomes.com.


Norman “mike” Stensland

Published on: Friday, January 20, 2017

NORMAN ‘MIKE’ STENSLAND 

Norman “Mike” Stensland, 88, a life-long resident of Gilbertsville, NY passed away on Wednesday morning, January 18, 2017 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, NY. Mike was born the son of the late Hans and Lilian (Miller) Stensland on September 29, 1928 in Oneonta NY. On April 4, 1954, Mike married his true love, Patricia McKenna at the St. Matthews Roman Catholic Church in Ridgefield, NJ.

Mike was employed by many construction companies as a carpenter throughout his life, and as superintendent for Wade Construction and Kotasek Construction. He was a member of the Holy Cross Church in Morris, the Gilbertsville Fire Department (serving as past-president and trustee), FASNY, CNYFA, Otsego and Chenango County Fireman’s and Fire Police Association, he was the director of Firematics Starters and Judges of Otsego County, and was a member of Carpenters Union Local #281 in Binghamton.

In his free time, Mike enjoyed fishing, gardening, spending time with his family, attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s sporting events. He was the definition of a high-school sports fan; attending many events even after his family had graduated from the school.

Mike is survived by his wife Patricia and their children Linda Holt, Diane Stensland, Michele (John) Birdsall, and Michael (Bobbi) Stensland; his grandchildren Joseph and Heather Melita, Courtney Birdsall, Stephen and Ryan Hold, Lillian, Ivy, and Blake Stensland; also survived by his sister Jean Stebbins. Mike was predeceased by his son-in law Doug Holt, sister’s Dorothy Curtis, Evelyn Meers, and Pauline Stensland, and brother John Stensland.

Friends and family are invited to calling hours from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Sunday, January 22, 2017 at the Johnston Funeral Home, 60 Broad Street Morris, NY 13808. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 9:30 A. M. at the Holy Cross Catholic Church of Morris with Father David Mickiewicz, officiating. A burial at Brookside Cemetery, Gilbertsville, NY will follow the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gilbertsville Fire Department, P.O. Box 72, Gilbertsville, NY 13776 or Gilbertsville Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 181, Gilbertsville, NY 13776. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.johnstonfuneral.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.


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